Prophetic insight by Giorgio Agamben
Written in 2010, Agamben’s comments – though admittedly complex – are profoundly insightful and, sadly, prophetic.
“With the eclipse of the messianic experience of the culmination of the law and of time comes an unprecedented hypertrophy of law–one that, under the guise of legislating everything, betrays its legitimacy through legalistic excess. I say the following with words carefully weighed: nowhere on earth today is a legitimate power to be found; even the powerful are convinced of their own illegitimacy. The complete juridification and commodification of human relations – the confusions between what we might believe, hope and love and that which we are obliged to do or not do, say or not say – as signs not only of crises of law and state but also, and above all, of crises of the Church.”
Agamben: The Church and the Kingdom, p. 40-41.